In efforts to ensure pro-job, pro-business and private sector representation, the Florida Chamber of Commerce this week endorsed 14 candidates for the state House and Senate in Tallahassee, with plans to announce additional backing soon.
“Now, more than ever, Florida needs leaders in the Florida Legislature that will ensure the long-term needs of Florida’s families and small businesses are placed before short-term political fixes and special interest agendas,” Marian Johnson, SVP of political operations for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, said.
For the Florida State Senate, the Chamber endorsed eight incumbent Senators: Bill Montford, Travis Hutson, Jack Latvala, Jeff Brandes, Joe Negron, Rene Garcia, Anitere Flores and Dorothy Hukill, while in the State House of Representatives, it pronounced six current Representatives: Blaise Ingoglia, Ross Spano, Larry Ahern, Gayle Harrell and Bryan Avila.
The Chamber weighs each candidate’s qualifications using its own Florida Chamber’s Legislative Report Card, an online tool that examines legislators based on their support of pro-jobs, pro-business matters.
Additionally, the Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) interviews candidates across the state, meeting and talking with more than 100 non-incumbent candidates.
Also approved publicly were 21 Chamber-supported candidates who recently gained their seats unopposed, including 15 Representatives and six Senators.